Many of us have been forced to rethink travel plans in the wake of Covid-19, but if you’re soothing your canceled-vacation-blues by daydreaming about future adventures, Lonely Planet’s new “Ultimate Travel List” might be just what you need.
Lonely Planet has just released the second edition of its popular “Ultimate Travel List” coffee table book, which ranks the world’s top 500 unmissable travel experiences.
The new list, collated by Lonely Planet’s team of experts, spotlights must-see and must-do experiences, from spotting wildlife on the Galapagos Islands to admiring the spectacular Iguazú Falls waterfall that spans Argentina and Brazil, to wandering the geothermal landscapes of Yellowstone National Park.
The team scoured past Lonely Planet guidebooks and also reviewed each destination’s commitment to sustainability.
“The options to travel are clearly limited right now, but the list is aimed at inspiring to 2021 and beyond when travel starts recovering,” Tom Hall, Lonely Planet’s vice president of experience, tells CNN Travel.
“This is intended to be something that really drives people’s bucket list, not just for now, but for the future.”
Read on for Lonely Planet’s top 10, and to see which destination grabbed the top spot.
10. Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
This jaw-dropping trek is a must for climbers, hikers and on-foot travelers. Traversing Nepal’s Annapurna Circuit, you’ll pass through rice paddies, yak grasslands and a snowy mountain pass named Thorung La.
Parts of the walk are very high altitude, including the stunning Tilicho Lake, which only adds to the appeal for thrill-seekers. According to Lonely Planet, the Annapurna Circuit is “everything a good trek should be.”
9. Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
Visiting Salar de Uyuni, the biggest salt flat in the world, feels like you’re walking through the clouds. After rainfall, water on the lake’s salty surface creates a glossy, glass-like illusion, turning the lake into a mirror that reflects the sky above.
Salar de Uyuni is also pretty impressive when it’s arid, and the surface becomes cracked with geometric patterns. Plus, when it’s dry you can visit the two lake islands, Isla Incahuasi and Isla del Pescado.
8. Temples of Angkor, Cambodia
The atmospheric surrounds of Angkor, a cluster of beautiful